Layton Copping leading the way

A new SA record and three bronze medals was a satisfying weekend at the Australian Water Ski Championships for Lucindale skier Layton Copping.

The president of the Lake Fellmongery Water Ski Club at Robe competed in a strong field in the over 55 men's category, and was particularly pleased with his new SA record, achieved in the trick section.

Copping scored 1000 points in his trick run, smashing the previous state record of 660 points and bettering his own previous personal best of 840.

He won a bronze medal overall in the trick category, as well as bronze in the jump and slalom events, to cap a successful tournament.

The event was held at a man-made facility at Moree, NSW, at Easter. The expansive series of lakes have been built in recent years by the Moree Plains Shire Council ostensibly for the disposal of spent spa water from Moree's artesian spa industry, but have been created large enough to cater for water skiing.

The precinct includes two water skiing lakes 800m long, as well as a third lake 1.2km long and 200m wide, designed as a circuit lake for a wide range of water sports.

A regular at nationals for the past six years, Copping was the only SE skier at this year's championships but took his son Ben as a travelling companion. Believing strongly in the benefits of skiing competitively, he hopes to have a stronger local contingent at next year's nationals at Mulwalla.

He said striving to keep fit and in form for the nationals was a great way for skiers to stay motivated. A great example was one of this year's competitors, 82-year-old Graham Budd from WA, who has skied competitively for more than 50 years.